Mountain Makins festival cancelled

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Rose Center officials have announced that the 2020 Mountain Makins has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rose Center Board of Directors announces the cancellation of this year’s Mountain Makins Festival, due to the current COVID-19 health crisis.

“After much discussion, we reached the conclusion that we simply couldn’t keep our festival volunteers, visitors, artists and other participants safe,” said Board Chair Kaye Schwalb.

This would have been the 45th annual festival, Rose Center’s original, and still its largest, fundraiser. Over the past 44 years, more than 1000 crafts makers from several states, and hundreds of musicians and dancers, have participated in the fall event. The award-winning festival, which has become a cherished community event, draws visitors from around the Southeast.

“The cancellation is not only a huge loss for Rose Center, but also for the makers and other vendors who depend on festivals and events for their livelihood. We are looking for ways to promote these artists to help make up for their loss,” commented Executive Director Beccy Hamm. “And we hope the community will support other events and fundraisers of Rose Center, like the upcoming Virtual Summer Social on August 20, presented by Morristown Utilities, and the Kelley Marie Chic Boutique Fall Fashion Show, also virtual, on September 10.”

Rose Center gratefully acknowledges the special Covid-19 relief grants it has received from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Humanities Tennessee, and the East Tennessee Foundation.

Rose Center is open by appointment.